The quest went to the Merrimack River in search of carp, walleye, and any other fish that were still missing. We were fishing at one of our favorite spots on the river, the Amoskeag Fishways.
|Water is low at the Amoskeag Dam and Fishway in the summer on the Merrimack River|
As night fell some fishermen were catching walleye up near the fish ladder, which is totally illegal but looked fun.
Not to be dejected we searched the rocks for one of our favorite weird fish in New Hampshire, the margined madtom. These little catfish are only 6 inches long and have sharp spines that deliver a mild venom.
|He can fit in the palm of your hand, but watch out.|
|The venomous spines are on the top and both sides (pectoral fins)|
|Ours was a monstrous, 4 inches.|
|Besides the longer body, we could tell this was not a tadpole madtom by the black margins on the tail and anal fin.|
|Catfish in a freezer bag.|
|A good safe way to get a good look at these fish is in a freezer bag.|
|The margined madtom is really a handsome fish. Very clean, smooth skin.|
We are not sure how we are going to prepare this fish for the table, but we do want to do some research on the venom. It would be a shame to die during the quest because we ate a poisonous madtom (sounds like a segment on "1000 Ways to Die"). We hope we can carve out the poison glands like the Japanese chefs do for the deadly puffer fish.
If you don't hear from us again, you know what happened.